AUBURN — The No. 15/23 Auburn football team began its first full day of work for the No. 10/12 Arkansas Razorbacks with a 110-minute practice on the outdoor fields behind the Athletics Complex Tuesday afternoon.
Practicing in full pads, the Tigers hit on all phases during Tuesday's practice. Auburn worked in position and team drills during the practice session.
"It was a good Tuesday practice," Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said. "The team had good energy and was focused on getting better."
The Tigers are coming off a 16-13 victory over then No. 10/9 South Carolina last Saturday in which Auburn rushed 67 times and held the ball for 35:47.
Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn said the play of the Tigers' offensive line was key to the success of the rushing attack against the Gamecocks.
"I was impressed with how our offensive line played against South Carolina," Malzahn said. "They played against a very good defense and helped us control the clock."
Although the Tigers rushed for a season-high 246 yards against South Carolina, Malzahn noted the offense is working to be balanced and produce big plays in the passing and rushing attacks.
"We are a run-play action team," Malzahn said. "When we are at our best, we are hitting big plays in the passing game. We were close on a couple (big plays) against South Carolina. It's something we'll continue working to get better at."
Auburn (4-1, 2-0 SEC) travels to Arkansas (4-1, 0-1 SEC) for a 6 p.m. game Saturday, Oct. 8, in Fayetteville. The game will be televised by ESPN.
Although Auburn holds an 11-8-1 series edge over the Razorbacks, Arkansas has won three of the last four. In the 20 previous meetings, Auburn has out-scored Arkansas by two points, 477-475. The teams have split the last 10 meetings.